Bender Foundation: D.C. Metro Area Grants

OVERVIEW: The Bender Foundation supports the arts, health, social services, Jewish causes, and education in the D.C. metro area and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, health, social services, education, Jewish causes

IP TAKE: This foundation maintains a low profile and a national presence, but it is still a good funder to be familiar with in Washington, D.C.

PROFILE: The Bender Foundation is a private family foundation based in Washington, D.C. This foundation continues the legacy of giving of the legacy of generosity of grandparents, Jack I. and Dorothy G. Bender, and parents, Howard M. and Sondra D. Bender. It funds local efforts for arts, health, Jewish causes, social services, and education.

The Bender Foundation has a website that offers limited information for grantseekers. The funder does not share extensive information about its grantmaking priorities or processes. However, it commonly supports large and well-established organizations in its areas of focus. Jewish causes, prominent health organizations, other foundations, and disease-focused causes. Bender most commonly provides program funding but also awards general operating support grants.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $100,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Washington, D.C., as well as some national efforts and causes in Israel. Past local grantees include Food and Friends, Hope and a Home, and City Dance Ensemble.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. It shares a link on its website for nonprofits that have been invited to apply for a grant or request support for an event. Direct general questions to the staff at 202-828-9000.


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